Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
With a capacity of 65, No. 6 was launched with only 23 on board. Put in charge of No. 6 was Quartermaster Robert Hichens, who was at the wheel of the Titanic itself at the moment of impact. Also on board this lifeboat was lookout Frederick Fleet, the man who first sighted the iceberg, and made the infamous call screaming, "Iceberg, right ahead!" The lifeboat was loaded and launched from the port side of the ship at 12:55 a.m.
Once the Titanic sank, it became apparent that Quartermaster Robert Hichens felt he had full control of the boat. While manning the tiller, he constantly beat back attempts by those on the boat who suggested they return to pick up survivors, saying they would only find "stiffs". He also yelled at the rowers, saying they would be drifting for days. After rudely refusing to let women row, Molly Brown famously threatened to toss him overboard after this argument. As a result of this threat, Hichens sat gloomily at the tiller and allowed the women to row around and look for survivors. In a photo of Lifeboat No. 6, Quartermaster Hichens can be seen at the rear of the ship manning the tiller and Frederick Fleet is seen at the very front of the ship preparing to catch a tow-line from the Carpathia.
I hear of this story and can just imagine what was going through the minds of the different people involved..
Quartermaster Hichens... likely felt that he had a responsibility to protect those in his boat. They had just come through some pretty awful stuff, and they barely escaped with their lives.. now he wanted to make as much distance as he could from the threat. Row was his command.. it did not matter where , it was night time and all he had to guide them was the sounds of the those screaming for help.. the harder they rowed, the screams continued.. my bet is that he heard those screams for the rest of his life....
Then there are those that for all intensive purposes where along for the ride... they think they have deniability .. after all, they are not in charge, they do not set the course, they simply do as they are told, and trust that they will be OK.. they hear the cries for help, but buy into the notion that there is nothing that they can do...
Then there is Molly Brown... she was not in control, she was not at the oars.. she was another simply along for the ride.. yet she listened to the cries, and realized that she may not be able to help them all, but there was certainly room in her boat for ONE more... When she tried to convince the powers that be that they needed to return, she was simply put down or ignored, but some how she managed to pull together the strength and the courage to make herself heard.. She challenged the notion that nothing could be done, and as long as there was room in her boat for ONE, she was not going to allow them to row away....
Today , we find ourselves looking for survivors in the midst of a storm .. The needs here are so great.. there are so many that we could easily be swamped .. yet we need to take the lead from "Unsinkable Molly Brown" and put our shoulder to the oar and and continue to reach out to the ones in front of us...
Maybe you have room in your boat for ONE more...there are many ways that you can help .. if you look back at the blog over the last few weeks , here, at the LAMb blog or over at David and Jayne's , you will see so many needs ..from training material to repair a broken system.. to documents to restore dignity , to operations and micro loans.. it is all so overwhelming, but don't let that stop you .. just ask your self.. do you have room in your boat for ONE more... with your help, like Molly brown.. we will be unsinkable....
Today we hear the cries for help coming from a small orphanage in Bishkek.. we don't know what we will find when we get there, but we hear the cry and we will respond, ...
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
We did a couple forms of finger painting .. the first was simply experiencing getting their hands dirty, and feeling the paint between their fingers
Then the second project was mixing colours, and making contact prints...
This was a first for these kids.
The men then wrote their names and drew a picture of something that they like,
In the middle of the next photo is a young man named Kuba... he had dreams of being a translator , and was well on his way when he was in a car accident.. This left him with slight paralysis, and he has lost parts of his memory. As we began to work with him, he suddenly began accelerating far beyond what we were teaching .. My guess is that if we spend a little extra time with him, he will become our next English teacher at the home...
Friday, March 25, 2011
For reasons unknown to any one, the previous director pulled up the tiles leaving an awful mess... My guess is that he had found a buyer for them.. maybe he had other plans and contacts to put a new tile down, but he is now gone, and we are left with what remains.
The floors are un even and have large chunks of concrete sticking up. It is porus and very hard to keep clean.
The rest of the room has a lot to be desired as well... The walls are dirty and crumbling, and the ceiling is flaking after previous water damage.
We met with Larisa , the new director, and our contractor friend to discuss what to do next... and to get a price... We came up with what will be the cheapest fix up , and that will be to pour a new floor over the old one. If the price is right we could do a mosaic effect , then stencil around the boarder and maybe paint on rugs and runners. then in one side we could build a stage for when we have special events there, and even put up a screen for movies. It has such potential..
It's amazing that we would consider such a project at this time, but we have bit off so much in the past, that I am pretty sure we can pull this off now. We need to first convince our contractor that we are not his personal cash cow...hahah.. We figured there would be a problem when after quoting a price that seems to be double what is the going rate , he then asked "what about driving us and providing meals for my workers each day " ya right ! then with in 15 minutes, every time he quoted a price it went up by 10%... I was once told ... if you are going to lye, you better have a good memory...... Olga is looking for some better prices for us...
Tomorrow morning we will be heading back out there with the whole teem from LAMb. It will be the first day of classes in the new class room... We will be teaching English there every Saturday morning... I remember after teaching English to the kids in the orphanage, we started to hear their stories first hand... I wonder what we are going to learn next...
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Aigoola was not the only one working today , This morning we met with Vlady. He will be heading up the renovation projects. Along with the husband of the Family that LAMb has been helping , Vlady has another young man we will hire. The boy has 2 siblings, his father died last month, and his mother has only one leg. Vlady wants to teach him some basic construction so that he can earn some money.. I will get more info about him and a few photo's next time I get out to the house.
Larisa brought her to the Bazaar to pick out wallpaper and paint. We are so blessed, we had another $500 come in for this project today. That leaves us with only about $600 to go, but certainly enough to get a good start at it. This is such a blessing to me.. I really want to do a good job for this lady. Many of you will remember that my own mother had a recent disaster with her home that was destroyed by a broken water main, neither the village or Federation insurance came through in the end, and Mom was left homeless... we were blessed that we were able to be there for her, and get her relocated.. so I understand what this Babushka might be going through right now. Like my own Mom, this Babushka will know that she is loved...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We're home! We got home at 5 p.m. our time yesterday.
The Aeroflot flight was 10.5 hours as scheduled, except it didn't leave on time.
Therefore, when we arrived in New York at about 6:50 p.m. our baggage wasn't
able to make the next plane to Toronto.
Aeroflot put us up in 3 separate rooms at JFK International Hotel and we each
got a voucher for supper for $38 each, per person! The waiter gave us coffee to
go and 5 bottles of water and we all ate until we were full to capacity.
Delta booked our flight, no charge, for 9:35 Tuesday morning. They were going
to charge us $195 for our baggage, but when we got to the hotel, after supper,
Darren called Delta and they put in a waiver, so we didn't have to pay for our
This all worked out better actually, because Darren called The Hampton in
Toronto and they did not charge us for the night because of extenuating
Praise God. We prayed for our luggage and it all arrived in Toronto!
Hope all is well with you guys. It was such a blessing to be there. Say hi to
everyone, the entire team.
God bless you all.
It was such a blessing to us to have our good friends here with us, and to have the opportunity to share our burden for this incredible country with them.. I am sure that we will see awesome far reaching impacts as a result of this trip, not only in the lives of people here in Kyrgyzstan , but in the lives of this family.. We got to meat Logan.. and have come to love him, He is such a kind and caring young man.. He saw a lot while he was here, and I am sure the it will have changed his outlook on life.. I look forward to hearing how he has been changed... we will miss you all...
Guff...Guff...Guff... ( one day I will explain ..hahah)
The LAMb team has began to address this issue, starting with the home of one of the families they have been helping . Here is what their kitchen looks like
This is just a recent problem, in fact this room was just refinished a year ago...
We found a special paint for mold, and that along with a good coat of bleach, and things look a little better ...
The cool think about this is that the work was not done by us this time, but it was the home owner that did all the work himself.. what is better is that now that he is able to work, and we know he can do a good job, we can put him to work fixing many of the other problems we have found.
Our first job for him will be to help Vlady out at the Babushka's house that was burned out.
Larisa will take her shopping this weekend to pick out paint and wall paper, and the men will start work on Monday morning .. We are so blessed that money has started to come in for this so we can start right away, so far $600 has been donated.. this will get us a good start ...
On another note , our Internet is down again... I had been using a satellite Internet as a back up, but last night it went down as well.. It was an easy fix... just pay the bill... so over I went to pay the bill.. then I am not exactly sure, but I had to pay 3 more phone numbers as well, then they would come over and fix my Internet... I have learned that some arguments are not worth it so I paid the bill and the technician followed me home to fix the Internet... he came in , sat in front of the computer and stared at it for about 5 minutes, then unplugged the modem, and left with it...
I am assuming that at some point someone will return with a new one, but then.. I have paid the bill already so it is entirely possible that we never see them again... time will tell...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
We walked around in her home today .. you could still smell the smoke despite the repairs that have been started.. The neighbours have rounded up a small loan for her that has helped to get most of the cleanup started, and some plastering and primer painting done. Someone has lent her a front door until she can get one. They have done what they can to help her, and in fact we were surprised that so much has been done, but the simple fact is that she is at the end...
I have found myself wondering how many times our heart can be broken here, and if we will ever become desensitised to what we see.. I have watched the affect situations have had on teams like the Snarrs that were just here.. and thought that maybe I am becoming a little hard.. then today I stand in the centre of dispar, and realize that once again my heart is broken...
There are situations that have been caused by our own foolishness, there are situations that are a result of cruelty from others, and then there are situations like this that have no fault... I can remember one time, actually it was in the invalid home the first time I was their that I came away questioning God.. I asked my friend Ron "Where is God in this?" his response was simple
" The fact that you are there to ask such a question is proof that He is their"
That actually made sense to me.. because I know that God works through people , and that is why he desires that we visit the widow in her distress, so that He will be seen in the situation... but what kind of obligation does that leave me, and in turn, what kind of obligation does that leave those of you who have had a part of sending us...
A friend of ours wrote a song that speaks about " We are His hands extended " so realizing this, this is what these hands need to do ...
We began today by bringing her new cloths and shoes..
1. We need to help her to replace her passport, documents and confirm ownership of the apartment $200
2. Get the Gas hocked back up so she can cook $100
3. Paint the walls again and put down new floors $300
4. Replace all the windows and doors $400
5. New electrical outlets and fixtures $200
6. Replace bed and other furniture $500
That comes in at about $1700 a lot of money to put her life back together .. Then I get this thought .. That is a lot of money, and there are so many other needs here.. should we be helping her?
I think of something that was told to me a few weeks ago by one of our sponsors... "We are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others " and I realize the we have all been blessed sooooo much, and this is a lady that lives her life to be a blessing to others..
so yes I will make the calls today and aim to start the work on Monday, Please join me on this one...as we stop for the one in front of us..